Big Island Restaurants

Between star chefs and myriad local farms, the Big Island restaurant scene is becoming a destination for foodies. Food writers are praising the chefs of the Big Island for their ability to turn the local bounty into inventive blends inspired by the island's cultural heritage.Resorts along the Kohala Coast have long invested in c
Between star chefs and myriad local farms, the Big Island restaurant scene is becoming a destination for foodies. Food writers are praising the chefs of the Big Island for their ability to turn the local bounty into inventive blends inspired by the island's cultural her
Between star chefs and myriad local farms, the Big Island restaurant scene is becoming a destination for foodies. Food w

Between star chefs and myriad local farms, the Big Island restaurant scene is becoming a destination for foodies. Food writers are praising the chefs of the Big Island for their ability to turn the local bounty into inventive blends inspired by the island's cultural heritage.

Resorts along the Kohala Coast have long invested in culinary programs offering memorable dining experiences that include inventive entrées, spot-on wine pairings, and customized chef's table options. But great food on the Big Island doesn't begin and end with the resorts. A handful of chefs have retired from the fast-paced hotel world and opened their own small bistros in upcountry Waimea, or other places off the beaten track. Unique and wonderful restaurants have cropped up in Hawi, Kainaliu, and Holualoa, and on the east side of the island in Hilo.

In addition to restaurants, festivals devoted to island products draw hundreds of attendees to learn about everything from breadfruit and mango to avocado, chocolate, and coffee. Agritourism has turned into a fruitful venture for farmers as farm tours afford the opportunity to meet with and learn from a variety of local producer. Some tours conclude with a meal of items sourced from the same farms. From goat farms churning creamy, savory goat cheese to Waimea farms planting row after row of bright tomatoes to high-tech aquaculture operations at NELHA (Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority), visitors can see exactly where their next meal comes from.

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  • 1. Beach Tree at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

    $$$ | Italian

    This beautifully designed venue provides a relaxed and elegant setting for alfresco dining near the sand, with its boardwalk-style deck, outdoor...Read More

  • 2. Honu's on the Beach

    $$$ | American

    Featuring al fresco dining near the sand, this is one of the few truly beachfront restaurants in Historic Kailua Village. Part of Courtyard...Read More

  • 3. Kilauea Lodge

    $$$ | European

    The roaring fire, koa-wood tables, and intimate lighting are in keeping with this cozy lodge in the heart of Volcano Village. The dinner menu...Read More

  • 4. Meridia at Hapuna Beach Resort

    $$$ | American

    This open-air restaurant has high ceilings and a lanai that overlooks the pool and the sandy-white shores of Hapuna Beach. Small plate appetizers...Read More

  • 5. Moon and Turtle

    $$$ | International

    This sophisticated intimate restaurant in a bayfront building offers a classy selection of international fare with the focus on locally sourced...Read More

  • 6. Red Water Cafe

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Chef David Abraham serves Hawaiian café food with a twist and a side of aloha. The specialty is multicultural cuisine, like a Thai Caesar salad...Read More

  • 7. Tommy Bahama Tropical Café

    $$$ | American

    This breezy, open-air restaurant, located upstairs at the Shops at Mauna Lani, offers an excellent roster of appetizers, including seared-scallop...Read More

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